Quote from: John Mundinger on Today at 07:45:16 AMQuote from: RDPreus on Today at 06:47:40 AMThe LCMS has caved on birth control, is weak on feminism and divorce, and has stood firm against abortion, homosexuality, and the trans movement.
Is it correct to assume that the LCMS opposition to homosexuality and the trans movement is based, in part, on the assumption that both are lifestyle choices?
I don't think one chooses to be plagued by certain temptations and not others. Folks are subject to different kinds of temptations. I am not tempted to homosexuality or pedophilia, nor have I any desire to be a woman. But I am tempted in other ways toward other sins. When I give into temptation to sin, I must acknowledge my sin and repent, trusting in the forgiveness of sins that God gives me freely for Christ's sake. If I choose to sin and refuse to acknowledge that it is sin, how can I receive forgiveness? Faith alone receives forgiveness. What we are arguing is whether faith can coexist with impenitence. I say no. It sounds to me that you are saying yes. We should bear one another's burdens. We should not treat people who are trapped in sin with contempt, but with love. It is love that urges repentance because repentance is good. The angels in heaven rejoice over it!